MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAYS 604-607-TUESDAY OCTOBER 15-18, 2019

ALBUMS

  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: SINGER-SONGWRITER: 1991: 2 CDS:  COUNTRY: GRADE: A. IPOD. 2 discs one is of famous covers of Kristofferson songs- the other disc is of Kristofferson. I have been listening to him for so long that I prefer Kris singing the songs to the covers- although there are some excellent covers of his songs here. His strength is as a songwriter- one of the greatest songwriters in country music history and when he came along in the late 60’s early 70’s a game changer in Nashville. His voice may be an acquired taste but I tend to like odd singing voices. Kris had a relatively late start- like another great songwriter of the time Leonard Cohen- Kris was approaching his mid 30’s when his first album came out. He made up for lost time though as the hottest songwriter in the business and also started a movie career- it’s easy to forget how big he was in the early to mid-70’s.  My favorite Kristofferson songs: Me And Bobby McGee, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends, If You Don’t Like Hank Williams, Loving Her Was Easier, For The Good Times, Why Me and my favorite The Pilgrim Chapter 33. He was never a big hitmaker on his own-even on the country chart he had 9 Hot 100 county songs-and only 1 made the Top 40 in country and it went to #1 ‘Why Me”

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  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON; THE ESSENTIAL: 2004:  2 CDS: COUNTRY: GRADE: A+. IPOD:

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  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: KRISTOFFERSON: 1970: COUNTRY: GRADE: A+ IPOD:

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  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: THE SILVER TONGUED DEVIL AND I: 1971: COUNTRY: GRADE: A. IPOD.

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  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: A MOMENT OF FOREVER: 1995: COUNTRY: GRADE: B+: IPOD:

  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: PLEASE DON’T TELL ME HOW THE STORY ENDS: THE PUBLISHING DEMOS: 1968-72:  2010: COUNTRY: GRADE: A: APPLE: The first release of demos that Kristofferson made while a janitor at Columbia records in the late 60’s- many of these songs would become classics.
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15 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAYS 604-607-TUESDAY OCTOBER 15-18, 2019

    • You want to hear something that will give you the goosebumps? On that NPR interview today with the Janis Joplin biographer, she talked about Janis doing a cover of “Loving her was easier” and loving Kris Kristopherson songs. :::cue Twilight Zone music::::

    • I was going to comment on your earlier comment about the Janis book- but I hit the wrong button or something and it vanished….anyway the book comes out today. should be a good one her book on Alex Chilton was excellent.

    • She sounded very well-informed in the interview, but I have to wonder with how much expertise she can speak to the musical engineering aspects of it. She kept coming back to how Janis tried to hide how much she was involved in the production of her music.

    • She’s written a number of books on music-.. I ordered the book through the library- no holds on it hopefully not a long wait to get it… not a janis fan but looking forward to reading the book…

  1. I love a lot of his songs. He sounds like he was quite the maverick. And working as a janitor and managed to keep creating…
    How did you like him in Blade?
    I thought he did a good job and loved his hair!

    • He got a job as a janitor at Columbia Records to get his foot into the industry- and the artists and it worked…he ditched an uprising career in the military- to follow his dream. His parents disowned him for throwing everything away- I don’t know if they ever reconciled. . I have never seen Blade believe it or not..

  2. Wow, that’s sad.About the parents potentially not ever *forgiving* him. Not about you not seeing Blade, lol. It was pretty fun except for the woman they picked for the lead: she was TERRIBLE.
    But what a smart move, working right at Columbia Records. He was obviously willing to do what it took!

    • That is odd his being ‘disowned”- I would have to think his success proved he was right to follow his own path. Will have to get a copy of “Blade.”

  3. If they were really conservative or something and thought the military was more important than a hippy-dippy flaky career in *the arts*…. I could see that scenario possibly.
    As for Blade…yeah, leave your brain outside the door, and you might enjoy it. Standard vampire stuff…and Stephen D., the nemesis, was a great little villain.

    • Kris’s father was a general in the air force.. Kris was assigned to be an instructor at West Point- he stopped in Nashville before going to his assignment- and decided to turn down the assignment and stayed in Nashville. They said his mother wrote him a letter disowning him for throwing away his life–Johnny Cash saw the letter and told Kris “It’s always nice to get letters from home isn’t it.”

  4. Ha ha ha. Good ole Johnny C. I bet that cheered Kris up a little.
    Yeah, father a general in Air Force. Career at West Point.
    I can see the disconnect.
    But eventually you have to forgive, don’t you? Especially your kid. Ah well………….

    • they might have- i can’t find any comments on it and when they spoke of it in the Ken Burns special they never said either. I would say his way ended up being the more successful path!

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